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The Havana’s Latinoamericano stadium getting ready for Obama’s visit

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President Barack Obama will attend an exhibition baseball game, March 22, between MLB Tampa Bay Rays and a Cuban selection at Havana’s Latinoamericano stadium.
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Cuban state television shows El Duque, other top baseball defectors for first time

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Cubans caught their first glimpse of Orlando Hernandez on state television since he fled to the United States a decade ago as authorities aired a documentary in which the New York Mets pitcher vowed he was no traitor.
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El Duque was among the Cuban players who defected to the United States interviewed as part of "Furea de Liga," or "Out of This League," a 68-minute film by Ian Padron which was released in 2004 but not seen until Saturday night on government-controlled television.

Cuban authorities consider athletes who defect traitors and Saturday's documentary marked the first time in recent memory players who fled the island have been seen on official airwaves. The island's film institute financed the movie, but had refused to distribute it given its sensitive subject matter.

"I am not a traitor. I am an Industrial," Hernandez says during the documentary, referring to Havana's Industriales, Cuba's most-famous team and the squad he played for before fleeing to the United States in December 1997.

"I have had the opportunity to play for the two best teams in the world: Cuba's Industriales and the New York Yankees," says Hernandez, who this season will enter the second year of a two-year, US$12 million deal he signed with the Mets in 2006.

(Herald Tribune)
Cubans caught their first glimpse of Orlando Hernandez on state television since he fled to the United States a decade ago as authorities aired a documentary in which the New York Mets pitcher vowed he was no traitor.
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Main Events in Cuba during 2007 (I)

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In Cuba during 2007, and those that were related to Cuba in the foreign scenario...
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As a result of his progressive recovery of health, on March 28th, President Fidel Castro's first reflection entitled "Over 3 billion People Condemned to Premature Death" was published, in which he warned of the grave consequences for humanity of the imperialist idea of producing fuel instead of food.

Up to now, over 60 reflections have been published by the national and foreign press, the Cuban people have been informed of the political-ideological and cultural problems of the world and his perspectives.

Cuban Heroine Vilma Espin Passes Away.

Cuba was shaken on June 18th with the sad news of the passing away of Vilma Espin, Heroine of the underground movement and the Sierra Maestra, the tireless fighter for the rights of women and children.

The following day, millions of Cubans across the island mourned the lost of the exemplary revolutionary.

Her ashes were placed in the in the "Frank Pais" Eastern 2nd Front Mausoleum alongside others that were part of that rebel group during the war of liberation.

Record Number of UN Members Condemned Washington's Blockade.

Ever since 1992, once again the UN General Assembly condemned the genocidal US economic blockade against the island, but this time a record number of 184 backed the Cuban resolution.

Such decision by the international community has a special significance, having occurred only a few days after President George W. Bush urged the governments of the world to join its anti Cuba policy.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba for over 45 years by the United States was characterized in 2007 as stronger, affecting all spheres of Cuban society to the tune of over 89 billion dollars.

Historic Speech by First Vice President Raul Castro on July 26.

Defense Minister Raul Castro spoke during the main ceremony commemorating the 54th anniversary of the attack against the Moncada Garrison, which included a profound analysis of the complex international situation in which the Revolution moves ahead with its social programs and strongly criticized the mistakes, errors and other
subjective matters in the construction of socialism and which hurt its development. The Cuban official urged the population to debate and look for proposals and solutions to improve the socialist system.

Praiseworthy Results of the Energy Revolution.

The third year of the Energy Revolution brought praiseworthy results and at the end of 2007, 75 percent of the Cuban families that cooked with kerosene now use electricity.

The year was marked by the installation of a number of fuel oil and diesel generators increasing the generating capacity and making its distribution much more secure.

During the period close to one million connections were renewed, as were 18,000 circuits in urban and rural zones, gradually eliminating the areas of low and unstable voltage. Over four and a half million electrical appliances were substituted at a value of close to 10 billion pesos.

Personalities from 27 Countries Demand the Rights of the Cuban Five.

A significant moment in the campaign in favor of the five Cuban anti terrorists incarcerated in the United States was the creation in December of an International Commission for the Right of Visits of Olga Salanueva and Adriana Perez, wives of Rene Gonzalez and Gerardo Hernandez.

Over 100 personalities from 27 countries, among them Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel (Argentina) and Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemala) are working to get the truth out to the international public opinion on the case and demand that the US government respects the rights to family visits for the Cuban Five.

Gerardo and Rene, together with Fernando Gonzalez, Ramon Labañino and Antonio Guerrero were all sentenced to long unjust prison terms during a biased trial in Miami totaling 4 life terms and 77 years in prison.

40th Anniversary of the Death in Combat of Ernesto Che Guevara The 40th anniversary of the death in combat of Comandante Ernesto Che Guevara turned into an international commemoration of profound ideological content, While the city of Santa Clara was hosting the main central activity in Cuba for that important date, later Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez aired his weekly Alo Presidente program from that central Cuban city dedicated to the Heroic Guerrilla for the first time since July 31st, 2006 when President Fidel Castro spoke live on the program.

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(Cuban News Agency)

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